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Plains Producer, Thursday March 14, 2013
Research is reason to love their job
Report reveals farm safety hazards
Theft attempt on camera
SACE Training Apprenticeships
Sunday 24 March, 1-4pm
Hooke Road, Edinburgh North
Slimer, fitter – mission accomplished!
in 10 weeks
Plains Producer manager,
Andrew Manuel, is on a
weight loss campaign –
from flab to fab. His goal
is to lose 10 kilograms
in 10 weeks. Comment:
LET’S just go straight to the
weigh in this week. 99.3kg!
Double digits. It’s been a while,
but it feels good to be under the tonnne
and hitting my 10kg weight loss target.
The number one question I am
being asked continually is, “are you
feeling better for having lost weight?”
I can honestly say I don’t feel any
better, but that’s not to say there aren’t
benefits for being slimmer.
My main aim, and the driving mo-
tivator behind losing weight, is to do
all I can to help avoid attracting some
sinister illness at a young age. Life can
be a bit of a lottery sometimes – and
I know fit and healthy people are not
immune from sickness and disease,
but they certainly have a head and
Here are some of the things I have
learned so far:
Breakfast is important. Yeah, I
know – everyone says that. I never
used to eat breakfast because I never
felt hungry in the morning. But now
I know why I didn’t feel hungry...
because I was eating too much the
You can actually look forward to
exercise. Waking up in the morning
used to be impossible. It still is, but
once I have a foot on the ground and
have made the decision to go for a
walk, run or swim etc, not once have
I regretted it and wished I slept in.
Before I started this health kick,
my personal motivator Mark Brown-
ley asked me what got my heart rate
up. I honestly couldn’t answer with
anything. Yes, I really was just a lazy
slob, call me Norm from the Life Be
In It campaign from the 80s. Now
when I go for a run, my body turns into
Niagra Falls with sweat gushing out.
Remember that Lynx advert on tele
where the guy would lift his arm and
water spurted from his arm pits? Gee
that was a funny advert. Anyway...
Healthy food just doesn’t happen,
you have to plan and choose it. This
is where my cravings trick me. I am
an addict for food that is bad for me
plus I like to eat like it’s Christmas
every day. Although, eating decent
healthy meals always make you feel
great afterwards. Don’t you hate that?
Remember, food is fuel for your body.
Eating and drinking less saves
you money. I have saved about $100
Desire to succeed is the most
important factor. If your ambition is
only half hearted, your results will
Maintaining weight will be my
biggest challenge now. My plan still
is to lose a bit more weight, and then
I will need to move into maintenance
The last tip my sister Leah has
taught me is, “It’s a full time job to
Next week, I will discover what’s
needed to maintain my new-found
Put the finger on crime, call
CRIME STOPPERS 1800 333 000
•From Page 1
Other key findings from the report include:
7Vehicles accounted for nearly three quar-
ters of work-related fatalities on farms.
7In the eight years of the study 93 workers
died while using a tractor. Half of these workers
were aged 65 years and over one-third of the
deaths involved a rollover.
7Aircraft incidents while undertaking tasks
such as mustering or crop dusting claimed the
lives of 48 workers.
7Quad bikes were involved in 27 fatalities
of which 20 were due to a rollover.
7Almost one-third of work-related fatalities
on Australian farms involved workers aged
65 years or over. This is nearly three times
the proportion the age group represents of all
worker fatalities in Australian workplaces.
7Young farm workers had more hospitalisa-
tions for a motorbike or horse-related incident
while older workers had more hospitalisations
from contact with machinery.
7Only half ofAustralian agriculture workers
are covered by workers’ compensation as 46
per cent are self-employed.
The report showed nearly one in four work-
ers’ compensation claims were due to working
with animals, one in five were from working
with mobile plant and transport including mo-
torbikes and nearly one in five were from work-
ing with non-powered tools and equipment.
Safe Work Australia has identified the
agriculture sector as one of its priorities under
theAustralian Work Health and Safety Strategy
2012-2022 and is working with regulators,
industry, unions and the farming community
to find practical and cost-effective ways to
reduce the hazards farmers and their workers
face on a daily basis. Examples of risks and
hazards being addressed at the national level
in the farming sector are use of quad bikes and
labelling of pesticides.
Quad bike safety is being addressed through
consultation on the fitting of crush protection
devices to quad bikes and restricting the use
of quad bikes by children.
Recent changes to pesticide labelling
requirements introduced under the new har-
monised Work Health and Safety Regulations
will bring greater consistency with labels
of hazardous workplace chemicals in other
sectors. This change aims to bring greater
awareness of the hazards of farm chemicals
and result in improved safety outcomes from
chemical handling on farms. The full report is
available at www.swa.gov.au.
MALLALA IGA was the target of an attempted
break-in early on Tuesday morning.
About 5am, the front window of the store was
smashed in an attempt to unlock the door.
Store owner, Bert Cocks, said security cameras
recorded clear vision of the offenders during the
It is the second time in recent memory the Mal-
lala IGA has been targeted by thieves, with about
200 packets of cigarettes stolen in October 2011.
Mr Cocks believes the would-be thieves again were
probably targeting cigarettes.
Police reported a 45-year-old man for four counts
of making off without payment on March 11.
They also reported a 38-year-old man from Dublin
for cultivating cannabis and possessing prescribed
equipment on March 5.
A 37-year-old man from Snowtown was reported
for driving while disqualified, which occurred on
March 8. Port Wakefield Police allege he was driving
a motor vehicle along Augusta Highway while his
driver’s licence was disqualified. His vehicle was
•From Page 1
The timing of the cross pollina-
tion process is considered when
planting so it does not coincide
with peak periods of sowing and
harvest out in the field.
After harvest, a huge range of
data is gathered and from this vast
quantity of information, wheat
breeders set about designing the
best crosses to make.
Each individual cross is de-
signed for a specific purpose,
ranging from targeting sprouting
tolerance and rust resistance, to
high quality or yield.
The wheat parents are then
planted and keeping maturity dif-
ferences in mind, the plantings are
staggered over about three weeks,
so that parent ‘A’ will line up with
parent ‘B’ and flowering occurs at
the same time.
Unlike a crop like canola, which
relies on bees or wind for pollina-
tion and fertilisation to occur, a
wheat plant is self pollinating.
This means each floret that pro-
duces a grain, contains both male
sisting of an-
source) and filaments.
“Basically, to make a cross, we
remove the ‘boy bits” (anthers)
from the head before it’s fully
mature, leaving a sterile female
head (an emasculation process),”
The sterile female head is then
bagged, to prevent any natural
cross pollination that could occur.
After about five days, the bag is
removed and the stigma husk cut
back, hopefully revealing a sexu-
ally mature “white and feathery”
“We then take mature anthers
from parent ‘B’and dab pollen onto
each individual stigma, fertilising
the ovary and forming a new grain,”
The resulting progeny will
then go through years of selection
processes and field testing.
A new variety of wheat can take
up to 10 years to be released from
that initial cross pollination.
Funnily enough, after doing
battle in the trial plots, AGT has car-
ried on the historical Roseworthy
College tradition of naming wheat
varieties after edged weapons, and
more recently general weapons,
and Triticale after war missions!
impounded for 28 days. He will appear in the Port
Pirie Magistrates Court at a later date.
A HOUSE on Dawkins Road, Lewiston was
broken into after offender/s jemmied a bedroom
window open and a laptop was stolen on March 6.
A 69-year-old man from Bowmans was reported
for driving while disqualified on March 7. It is al-
leged he was driving a motor vehicle along Augusta
Highway. His vehicle was impounded for 28 days.
LOCAL CFS attended a small stubble fire along
the “nine mile” which spread into a neighbouring
property during a burn off by farmers on Wednesday.
The fire was extinguished by farm units.
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